How to Identify Large Issues with Your Home

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There is nothing more frustrating or heartbreaking than discovering that something is very wrong with our home. The last thing anyone wants is to deal with large structural issues a year after they buy somewhere. However, this is a reality for a lot of pf people. Some problems may be pretty easy to spot. Others may have much more subtle warning signs. As with many issues, the sooner you get the problem sorted, the better, and once sorted, you may well have added value to your home. To help you identify issues with your home, here are a few tips:


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Mud Tubes Appearing On Your Foundations

Dry mud tubes are an indication that you have a problem with termites. Termites are insects that live underground and eat away at your home. This is clearly a massive problem and needs to be sorted asap. They build tunnels or mud tubes so that they can remain covered. These tunnels don’t only appear on the foundations that can be on the inside too. So every now and again, get down into your crawl space and flash a light to see if you have any of these telltale tunnels. If you see these in your home, it is probably a good idea to call an exterminator now.


A Sloping Floor

If your floor was once perfectly level and now is slanted, then you may have a problem with one of the joists which hold the floor up. It could even be subduction. Sometimes a sloping floor is not easy to spot. If you have wooden floors, it may be easier to tell, especially if you test it with a marble or something. If you do have sloping floors, then you need to enlist the services of a structural engineer to determine the problem., 


Flickering Lights 

Flickering lights are not generally a good sign. If you have already troubleshot and it is not the bulb, you may have a problem with the connections, or there could be something wrong with the circuit. You may even be suffering from inadequate electricity getting to your lights. An electrician will be able to let you know what is wrong.  


Your Brick Chimneys has Heavy White Residue 

This white residue that appears on brickwork is known as efflorescence. It is generally the result of moisture drawing mineral salts from within the brick itself to the surface. A crack in the flue liner could potentially cause this, and this can cause toxic fumes to enter your home. However, the residue itself is harmless. Another reason for the residue is that there is an internal leak in your plumbing system.


Paintwork that is Peeling or Blistering 

If you have noticed any peeling or blistering paint, instead of just covering the problem with a new lick of paint, you may well be better off finding out what caused it. If you don’t, then the problem will appear again, but it may be worse. This could have happened because there is a leak, and you really need a plumber to identify and resolve the issue before it causes any structural damage. 




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